War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1918

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st June to 30th June, 1918 Volume 34 With appendices as listed Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information Support Line. 4/17.a.30.40 to M.15.c.60.30 1 Maps for reference 51c S.E. 51b N.W 1/20000  51c 1/40000 Battalion in Brigade Support. Left sub-sector, NEUVILLE … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1918

“He would bear himself like a soldier…” : The Service for Sergeant Swainsbury of Chatham, Ontario

An article written in a local Chatham newspaper relates the service at Christ Church in honour of two local men who were killed in action gives us insight into the attitudes of the citizens through the address of Canon Howard. The date that this event transpired was after the death in action of Private Frederick … Continue reading “He would bear himself like a soldier…” : The Service for Sergeant Swainsbury of Chatham, Ontario

“If it so happens that I am allowed to die for my country…”: The Unusual Will of Private R.H. Burgess D.C.M.

A will is a macabre document. It is a recognition by the object of the will, the living person (the testator) who is making the will out, that they will cease to exist. The will exists and enforces the conditions of the testator after they have died and invokes certain conditions at the distribution of … Continue reading “If it so happens that I am allowed to die for my country…”: The Unusual Will of Private R.H. Burgess D.C.M.

Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

Sometime in the early spring of 1915 a young man from Pennsylvania with gainful employment with Ingersoll-Rand as a draughtsman took a trip to Philadelphia to inquire with the British Consulate on how best to pursue an engagement with the Imperial Forces so he could participate in the war. The advice led him, with four … Continue reading Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

Summary of Service of Sergeant James Quaey Nelson, reg. no. 53947

You can't do history alone. A relative of Sergeant Nelson contacted this blog in response to a soldier's page created recently and this dialogue has enhanced my understanding of this member of the 18th Battalion. Thanks to Dennis Nelson for forwarding this information. Below is a service summary he created and I have edited it … Continue reading Summary of Service of Sergeant James Quaey Nelson, reg. no. 53947

Sergeant James Quaey Nelson and a Possible Connection with My Grandfather

A recent blog comment allowed this blog to find out about a member of the 18th Battalion. Sergeant Jame Quaey Nelson shared a lot of similar background biographical information just like my Grandfather and Great Uncle. All were born in the "old country" of Scotland and recent immigrants. Sergeant Nelson was 3 years older than … Continue reading Sergeant James Quaey Nelson and a Possible Connection with My Grandfather

“No matter who he was or where he came from, he was a real hero and his deeds will not be forgotten.”

Private "Thomas Jones" enlisted in London, Ontario April 13, 1915. Between that date and his death on April 11, 1916 in the action around the St. Eloi Craters he made an impression on his comrades for his devotion to duty. An article in the London Free Press 16 days after his death relates some details … Continue reading “No matter who he was or where he came from, he was a real hero and his deeds will not be forgotten.”